Sunday, February 19
SEVENTH SUNDAY OF ORDINARY TIME
Get carried away
In the story of Jesus healing and forgiving the man lowered before him through the roof of a house, Jesus is impressed less with the faith of the needy man—after all, there were many people crowding in—and more with the four friends who carried him there and tore open the roof. Sometimes we need to submit to the care of others and let ourselves be carried by that concern. That is one of the joys of our community of worship. We might come to pray overwhelmed by our own misery, confused, or just bored and disinterested. At such times we can do no better than let the faith of our friends, our sisters and brothers, carry us to Jesus.
TODAY’S READINGS: Isaiah 43:18-19, 21-22, 24b-25; 2 Corinthians 1:18-22; Mark 2:1-12 (80)
“When Jesus saw their faith, he said to the paralytic, ‘Child, your sins are forgiven.’ ”
Alice Camille, Daniel Grippo, Caroline Hopkinson, Father Larry Janowski, O.F.M., Ann O’Connor, Joel Schorn, Patrice J. Tuohy, and Sister Julie Vieira, I.H.M.
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As much as we all would like to be healed from our physical sufferings, the words and actions of Our Lord: "‘Child, your sins are forgiven.” are the most important for us because without forgiveness of sins, how can we "see" God. It also proves a point, that Jesus Christ is True God and True Man because only God can forgive sins!
May the Lord protect us and guard us from all evil+